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Heep at a
Safe Distance
This and Avoidance of Com?
mon Drinking Cups Will
Save You From the
Richmond, Va., Nov. 29.?
Lot us have no truco with the
Spanish "flu"?the scour";!' that
lias exacted a greater (oil of life
thuti our war with the Huiih.
It cannot be trusted, especially
at tins season, for it is a cold
weuther disease. Even now il
is raging in seme sections ol
the country, aud in more tliun
one instance it has returned in
moTjgnant form to communities
which thought they were rid of
it. Reports to the Stall- Hoard
of Health from many parts ol
Virginia show that doctors are
still busy with patients Buffer?
ing from the grippe. Several
districts have closed their
schools a second time.
All told, perhaps thirty per
cent, of those in this state have
had tho "flu" in one form or
another. The other sixty per
cent had better "watch their
Btep." Home may be immune,
but the great majority have no
guarantee that they will not be
Tho germs which cause influ?
enza, as well as those which
cause whooping COUgh, scarlet
fever, diphtheria, tuberculosis,
colds, pneumonia and other
spray borne diseases, live in n o
mouth and nos<- secretions ol
people. Fortunately ihej are
short-lived, and therefore cue
bo avoided. In a word they
may bo rendered harmless b\ a
careful avoidance of that all
too-common "spit swapping"
which cornea from coughing or
sneezing at close quarters, Too
often the deadly droplets of ?a
liva lind human targets.
Here is an almost certain wa>
of avoiding the "flu" and pro
toctiug not ouly yourself, but
your fellow man: At all times
keep your face at least three
foot away from anybody else's.
Aud consistently avoid the com?
mon dring cup?a menace ill
terdicted alike by law and com
mou Bense.
Conserve Food
Richmond, Vn., Nov. 30.?The
necessity for conserving all
food values has not ended with
the war. Mr. Hoover is now in
Europe studying conditions in
allied and enemy countries
with a view of supplying their
inevitable shortage during the
comiug months ami possibly
for a your or more. The Food
Administration in this cntmtrv
will in all probability continue
for many months after the id
ticial ending of hostilities which
will be when the conferees
have reached their final decis?
ion and the treaties are signed.
The Virginia Council of De?
fense is co operating with coun?
cils of defense elsewhere in the
country and p r i n c i p a I 1 y
throughout, the Southern States
to aid the Food Administratiou
to prevent one easily unavoid?
able element of waste, the un
necossury killing of food ani?
mals along tho railway rights
of-way. Throughout the states
where these efforts are beiug
made the governors and tho
statu councils are naming live
stock commissioners whose
principal duties will be to edu
cuto their neighbors regarding
the unpatriotic and costly prac?
tice of allowing stock to roatn
at large. Those commissioners
Five Thousand 1919 Members Big Stone
lap ?ffe Hisericnn Red insu Our loil
uro endeavoring to secure from
their neighbors pledges to keep
their Block away from tho rail?
way tracks thereby attempting
to add to tho wealth of tho
Wherever there a r o rigid
stock laws and ({rent enro in
tho preservation of cattle tho
standard of the stock almost
automatically rises It does not
pay any state to breed scrub
stock, and yot tho custom of
permitting stock to roam at will
and lo take no precaution
against its killing inevitably
results in tho lowering of the
standard. Tho ohjoct of the
slnto council is therefore two
fold, first to preserve for human
needs tho moats, fats and hides
that nro now being wantonly
wasted, and secondly to raise
the standard of cattle, horsos,
hogs and other live stock.
li is an olTort which must ap?
peal to the patriotic and intelli?
gent citizens of Virginia, and it
is receiving warm support of
the most progressive counties in
the stale. There are, of course,
I objections raised, but these
cntiie notably from those coun?
ties whore tho standard of the
I various kinds of stock uro no?
toriously low. Prom such lo?
cutions ciun'e objections to the
ell'eci thut it is tho duty of tho
railroad to prevent tho killings,
that the roads should fence
their rights-of-way, that they
?hoind bettor prolecl crossings,
that they should install safe
cuttle guards?in other words
that the enure protecting of
the properly of individuals
should bo shifted to tho tail*
?o far as fencing is concern
od, tho railroads are compelled
under the law to fence where
the individual owner does his
part of it, and there is no dis?
position on tho part of the coun?
cil to shield tho railroads or
help them to avoid any damage
.suits for negligence. Xor is the
council at all interested iu the
railway pocket hook or the
damages it must pay wtten it
illegally kills stock, but it is
vitally interested in the conser?
vation of this stock, because it
is a part of the council's duties
to sou that Virginia occupies its
proper place as a producing
state and its no lesser duly to
help add to the wealth of the
Must Pay
States of the Empire Will Be
Held Responsible.
London, Nov. 30.?"Gorman
states, whatever their form,
must pay tho bill. Germany,
as a whole, must bo held re
Bponsible for tho consequences
of the war," says the Westmin?
ster Gazette in discussing the
situation that has developed in
The newspaper admits that
the allies may lind that the le?
gal unity of Germany has un?
dergone a vast change, and that
liko Austria, it may burst into
fragments before negotiations
are completed.
Everybody but the turkoys
enjoyed Thanksgiving Day.
Let Us Make it Universal Membership. Every
Loyal American Should Enroll During the
Christmas Roll Call. When Your Name
is Called Answer, "Here." December
16-23, 1918. Wear the 1919 Badge
for Members of the American
Red Cross. Annual Mem?
bership, One Dollar.
Preparatory steps are being taken by the Big Stone Gap
Chapter of tho American Red Cross for the Christmas Roll Call
I which will bo conducted throughout the United States during
the week, December 10-23. James M. Smith, Chapter Chairman
of the Christinas Roll Call, has established headquarters for the
Holl Call in the District Attorney's office on the Second Floor of
! the Qoverumont Building. lie has appointed Mr. Otis Moiisor,
Vicc-Chairmuu, and the following gentlemen as the Executive
Committee of I he Christmas Roll Call:
Mr. C. S. Carter, Big Stone Gap, Va.
Mr. G. N. Knight, Big Stone (lap, Vit.
Mr. W. 0. Shunk, Big Stone Gap, Va.
Mr. M. 1>. Collier, Appalachian Va.
Mr. 11. 1.. Stilfridge, Appalachla, Va.
The tirst meeting of the Executive Committee was held at
the olllco Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, at which time
the local chairmen for all of the branches of the chapter were
appointed, and other plans for the Rull Call were formulated.
The aim of the Holl Call will he to secure annual members
for the American Bed Cross. Every loyal American will enroll
his or her name in this drive as a member of this great organi?
zation. The war is over but the work of the Red Cross in saving
starving millions is just beginning. The goal for tho Bit?
Stone Gap Chapter to reach has been set for 5000
members to enroll in this campaign. The chairman
and his associates of the Executive Stalf hope and believe that
the workers will make our report "Universal Membership" for
the Chapter. \Ve must go way over the top. , Every man and
woman hi?st be enrolled in a house to bouse canvass by ollloial
workers to be appointed by the Local Chairmen. These work,
ers will make daily reports through the Captains of their teams
lo the Roll Call Headquarters, ami these reports will be wired to
Washington every day as the drive progresses. Universal mem?
bership for the Big Stone (Jap Chapter will bo a splendid Christ?
inas present lo send to tho boys from our section who are now
in tho servicu "over there." Let us send it over in time for
Red Cross
Annual Meeting and Election
Tbe Big Stone Gap Chapter
of die American Red Cross held
its annual meeting in the Unit?
ed States Court r out in the
government building on last
Friday night, and elected the
following officers for the ensu?
ing year. It. T. Irvine wus
made chairman*of tho meeting
and Qeo. L. Taylor, secretary.
Chairman?E. .1. Prescott.
Vice-Chairman? Miss Minnie
Treasurer?Geo. Li. Taylor.
Secretary?Mrs. C. L. Kov.e.
Chairman Finance Committee
?R. It. Alsover.
Executive Committee?L. T.
Winston, Rev. J. M. Smith,
Mrs. lt. T. Irvine, C. S. Carter,
Mrs. c. C. Goch ran.
By-laws for the government
of the chapter were adopted at
this meeting and a report of the
treasurer was read and approv?
Miss Frazier, of Washington,
addressed tin; meeting in the
interest of the Homo Service
Report of National Woman's
[ Liberty Loan Committee
for Wise County.
Rio Stono (lap-Mrs. II. K. Koic 140,000
Wise-Mrs. W. II. Fulton. . . i'.O.UOO
! Stoncga?Mrs. U.S. Oufley. ?-'ti.Ooo
Appslaohla?Mrs. M. 1.. stallard 0,500
HUckwiHxl?Mrs. 0, 0. Crevellng U.-I5U
Nortou?Mrs. W. W. Kemp ... 5,830
Goeburn?Mrs. W. A. Uanner. .. 1,050
'1'om's Creek?Mrs. O.A. Dunkley 1,750
Crane's Xcst?Mrs.G. W. Thump
Ichis. 1,850
lmbodeu ?Mrs. II. A. Alexander. 500
l'onud?Mrs. i.. l>. Queen . 50?
UurrieauL? Mrs. W. A. Hash ... 850
of Officers.
Planes for
Mail Service!
_ i
War Department Turns Overj
Hundreds of Airplanes for j
Aerial Routes.
New York, Nov.30.?Oaptuln
Benjamin Lipsner, director of
the United States Aerial Mail
Service, announced here that
the War Department had turn-]
ed over to the use of tho mail
Service "hundreds ol airplanes"
Captain Lipsner said he was
not in a position to announce
the exact number hut that the
machines would be used as
rapidly as possible in extend?
ing the aerial mail service to
all cities of tie1 country. The
service anticipated that it will
be able to organize its person?
nel from hundreds of army
Plans for the laying of new
routes and the extension of the
service on a nationwide scale
have not as yet been formulat?
ed, but it is expected that the
extension will begiu soon. Cap?
tain Lipsner pointed out that in
addition to tho commercial
value of speedy transmission of
mail, already demonstrated by
the service between New York
and Washington, the employ?
ment of hundreds of pilots will
enable the nation to maintain
an aerial reserve for military
purposes in the event of unoth
j er war. Also as an immediate
benefit a Solution will be offer?
ed of the problem of employ.
mont of the returning aviators
ami the money spent by the
government in training them
will not ho altogether lost.
The Now York-Chicago aerial
mail service will be placed in
operation next month.
Lost Nearly a Million Men
During the War.
London, Nov. 'j'.r ? It is of?
ficially announced that during
the war the forces of Great
Britain actually lost nearly I,.
OOo.t'OO men killed o r dead
through various causes.
Recently it was stated that
the British losses totaled 058,
Sill, hut this number did not
take into consideration men
who wore reported missing,who
actually lost their lives, hut of
whom there is no traee, nor did
it nccounl for men who died at
tlie front from sickness.
Casualties sustained by tho
Americans were tabulated by
Qenurnl March as follows:
Killed .ind died of wounds 311,154
Died of disease.14,831
Deaths unclassified . St20-t
Missing . i,lCO
Total. 230,117
While the total losses suffer?
ed by I he American army in
Uraw O, at lirst glance, appear?
ed to he almost double the total
estimated by officers as proba?
ble, analysis of the table, it was
pointed out, shows that among
the l7U,U2fi wounded are includ?
ed the names of thousands of
men whose injuries were so tri
vial that they never were ad?
mitted to hospitals and the rec?
ord of their injury was kepi
only in company and regiment?
al dressing stations.
Fourth Class Postmaster Ex?
T'ne United States Civil Ser?
vice Commission has announc?
ed an examination to be held tit
Big Stone Gap, Va., on Decem
her 1 I, 1'.US, as a result of which
it is expected to make certifica?
tion to till a contemplated va?
cancy in the position of fourth
class postmaster at Ionian and
other vacancies as I hey may I
occur at that ollice, unless it
shall be decided in tho interests
of the service lo fill any vacan?
cy by reinstatement, The com?
pensation of the post master at
this ollice was |3'I0 for tho last
fiscal year.
Applicants must have reach
etl their twenty-first birthday
on the date of the examination,
with the exception that in a
state whore women are declar?
ed by statute to hoof full age
for all purposes at eighteen
years, women eighteen years of
ugo on the date of the examina?
tion will he admitted.
Applicants must reside with?
in tho territory supplied by the
post office for which the exami?
nation is announced.
The examination is open to
nil citizens of the United Stales
who can comply with the re?
quirements. .
Application blanks, Form
1753, and full information con?
cerning the requirements of the
examination can b e secured
from tho postmaster at the
place of vacancy or from tho
United States Civil Service
Commission, Washington, D. C.
Applications should bo prop?
erly executed and tiled with tho
commission a t Washington,
at tho earliest practicable date.
War Ships
To Convoy President's Liner
on Trip to Europe.
Now York, Nov. 23. ? Tho
American transport George
Washington, selected by Presi?
dent Wilson lo convoy himself
and other members of the
American delegation to the
peace conference, will be con?
voyed by che battleship Pen.
nyslvania and a fleet of (ivo
fast destroyers. The George
Washington is lying tonight at
her pier in Itoboken ready to
sail on her history making trip
at a moment's notico,
To Rear Admiral Albert
(Heaves, commander of tho
cruiser and transport force of
the Atlantic Heat, fell the honor
of providing for the President?
ial ship. Captain Edward Mc
Cnuloy. United States Navy,
commands the George Wash.
Ington, uind the crow has been
drttwu entirely from the navy.
The escorting battleship is com?
manded by Captain Lewis Nul
The George Washington, a
vessel of 25,570 gross tons was
formerly one of the crnek liners
of the North German Lloyd
lleet. Tho George Washington
was the only large lierman ves?
sel sei/.ed by the United States,
the name of which was not
Safeguarding the movement
of a large percentage of Ameri?
can troops to Europe has been
the task of Admiral < Heaves
during the war. Me was com
mandor of Iho protecting fleet
of warships that escorted the
tirst contingent of the Ameri?
can Expeditionary Forces, and
President Wilson recently de
signaled him for promotion lo
tho rank of vice-admiral.
The exact time of tlie depar?
ture of the George Washington
is not yet known,but n w ill prob?
ably bo some time on Tuesday,
The ship is lying convenient to
a spur truck over Which tho
President's train will arrive,
tiscorl tu Brest.
London, Nov. ,!() ?President
Wilson on reaching European
wators, in all likelihood will lie
escorted lo lirest by not only
American warships, hut by a
formidable array of them. In
view of the luck of official noli,
lientIon regardir.g Mr. Wilson's
trip, it is understood that neith?
er the French nor the British
governments have, bebll request?
ed to aid in the naval reception.
The British authorities, howev?
er, unoflicinlly are disciii -bug
plans to welcome the American
president should he come here.
American battleship com?
manders probably all nine of
them in these waters, are un?
derstood to be holding them?
selves in readiness to proceed to
a point lot) miles or so otf Brest
to meet tin- ['residential liner
and the battleship accompany?
ing it.
It is probable that twenty
four American torpedo boat de?
stroyers will join in tho recep?
Deserters in A. E. F.
Hundreds and hundreds of
deserters among the American
Expeditionary Forces wore a
coust'.iut problem for General
Pershing to handle. While it
is not generalis known in this
country yet, still it is a fact that
the boys continued to steal
awuy from the training camps
at night in small bunches at a
time. Upon investigation, tho
Commander-in-Chief found that
they always deserted to the
front. They wanted to got into
tlie struggle as soon as possible.
This is the spirit every worker
? must exhibit in the Red Cress
I Christmas Roll Call. If you are
!called upou to work in the
drive, and feel that you want to
desert, then bo sure you desert
! to the front.

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